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'Enthusiasm: Symphony of the Donbass' (1930)

Sunday, February 12, 2012
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm, UCLA Hammer Museum - Billy Wilder Theater

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Advance tickets: $10 online. In-person sales one hour before showtime: $9 general public; free to UCLA students with valid ID; $8 other students/seniors.


Film and Television Archive
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Russian filmmaker and film theorist Dziga Vertov (1896–1954) holds a major place in the history of cinema. His bold aesthetic experiments in documenting contemporary life have influenced generations of filmmakers from Jean-Luc Godard to Richard Serra to Steve McQueen.

'Enthusiasm: Symphony of the Donbass' (1930): Vertov’s first sound film is a masterpiece of Russian avant-garde cinema, disguised as a paean to coal and steel workers, and has inspired directors such as Charlie Chaplin, Joris Ivens, and Wang Bing. Of Vertov’s innovative approach Chaplin wrote, "I would never have believed it possible to assemble mechanical noises to create such beauty. One of the most superb symphonies I have known. Dziga Vertov is a musician."

'Kino-Pravda, Nos. 1-8' (1922): Among Vertov’s most radical works, the 23 newsreel issues of Kino-Pravda (1922-1925), presented in this series offer a rare chance to witness, as Yuri Tsivian wrote, “a time-lapse movie showing the growth of Soviet avant-garde cinema (born in 1922, not in 1924 as we are normally told).” In these first eight Kino-Pravdas, Vertov begins to play with then-novel film techniques, including dialectical editing, to transform “facts” into political statements.

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